Goggles

Goggles


Goggles keep snow and hail from your eyes, your face warm, and can help you off the hill more safely as you can see where you're going


Goggles 

Goggles

 
 
If you're walking in winter or any period of reduced temperature you should always have a pair of goggles with you. The main purpose of goggles is to enable you to continue to have some forward vision when it's snowing or you're in a hail storm (which can happen at any time of year). Some people may think that goggles are over the top for walking, but remember that the wind is stronger with more height gained, and a snowflake hitting the eyeball with any speed at all is extremely painful. Without goggles you may be reduced to looking directly down towards your feet, leading to inability to navigate and inability to route find. There is the real possibility that you could walk off an edge.

Another less obvious use for goggles is that they actually keep you warm. If the temperature's due to be about 3° C in the valley, it's sure to be below freezing at 3,000 ft (900m) and if there's more than a light breeze you'll feel the effect wind chill on the exposed skin of your face. Goggles can remove that effect, so long as the rest of your face is covered.


Buying Goggles

Goggles for the winter conditions are ski type goggles, which can be picked up for £30 upwards. When you go to buy goggles, take a map with you to check that the particular colour of lens still allows you to see map features, in particular contour lines.

If you can also buy a rigid case for your goggles, all the better, which will prevent them from becoming damaged while stowed in your rucksack. (Trying to find a rigid case is easier said than done!)


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